A surge is a sudden strong swelling, like a tsunami wave that engulfs the land. Although a surge offers a fluid image, anything can experience a sudden surge, including emotions, political support, or an angry mob.

The original Latin word surgere, meaning “to spring up or rise,” serves as the basis for the word surge, which refers to a great sudden growth or swelling. If you are watching a sad movie and you experience a sudden surge of emotion, do you quietly reach for a tissue, pretend something's in your eye, or simply weep and sob with reckless abandon? Yeah, me too. Christmas shopping can be dangerous when there is a surge of interest in one toy and desperate shoppers surge into stores trying to grab it up.

Definitions of surge
  1. verb
    rise and move, as in waves or billows
    “The army surged forward”
    synonyms: billow, heave
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    type of:
    blow up, inflate
    fill with gas or air
  2. verb
    rise or heave upward under the influence of a natural force such as a wave
    “the boats surged
    synonyms: scend
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    type of:
    arise, come up, go up, lift, move up, rise, uprise
    move upward
  3. verb
    rise or move forward
    surging waves”
    synonyms: tide
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    ebb, ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out
    flow back or recede
    type of:
    course, feed, flow, run
    move along, of liquids
  4. verb
    rise rapidly
    synonyms: soar, soar up, soar upwards, zoom
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    billow, wallow
    rise up as if in waves
    billow up in the form of a cloud
    type of:
    arise, come up, go up, lift, move up, rise, uprise
    move upward
  5. verb
    see one's performance improve
    “He levelled the score and then surged ahead”
  6. noun
    a large sea wave
    synonyms: billow
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    type of:
    moving ridge, wave
    one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
  7. noun
    a sudden forceful flow
    synonyms: rush, spate, upsurge
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    debris storm, debris surge
    the sudden spread of dust and debris from a collapsing building
    a forceful forward rush or flow
    type of:
    flow, flowing
    the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
  8. noun
    a sudden or abrupt strong increase
    “stimulated a surge of speculation”
    synonyms: upsurge
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    type of:
    increase, step-up
    the act of increasing something
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